Listed Building

The only legal part of the listing under the Planning (Listing Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing – see 'About Listed Buildings' below for more information. The further details below the 'Address/Name of Site' are provided for information purposes only.

Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 23994 72561
323994, 672561


John AW Grant, 1937-40. 2-storey and attic, rectangular-plan inter-war Modern library with corner tower; Art Nouveau and Art Deco details. Coursed sandstone ashlar; steel frame with reinforced concrete floors; rendered brick to rear. Cill course; deep cornice between 1st floor and attic; flat roof.

TOWER (CORNER OF DUNDEE STREET AND MURDOCH TERRACE): engaged 3-bay canted stair and entrance tower; stylised architraves to openings. Steps to central doorway; recessed panelled doors; carved decorative panel by Charles d'Orville Pilkington Jackson; flanking lamps; wrought-iron balcony to strip window above; decorative cast-iron panel between 1st floor and attic; 3 small square lights below parapet. Flanking bays same with exception of 2 windows at ground.

NE (MURDOCH TERRACE) ELEVATION: doorways to outer left and right; strip windows above; giant order pilasters flanking glazed screen wall with decorative cast-iron panels between floors; 5 single windows to attic.

NW (DUNDEE STREET) ELEVATION: as NE elevation, except without doorways; 4 recessed panels to left below windows at ground.

SW (YEAMAN LANE) ELEVATION: large tripartite windows to ground and 1st floor in bay to outer left; 3 single windows to attic. Tripartite windows flanked by single windows to both floors, in bay to outer right.

Small-pane bronze-plated steel windows. Lead roof with glazed cupolas.

INTERIOR: Granolithic floors and panelling; coffered ceilings; mezzanine (1994); glazed screen between library and hall; polygonal staircase with timber reception desk and office; original fittings to internal suction message system; salvaged plaque from Nelson Hall.

Statement of Special Interest

Replaced West Branch Library and the first Nelson Hall (H R Taylor, 1897) on the same site. Grant specialised in social housing schemes such as the Drimery Estate, Clydebank, and the garden village at Westquarter, near Falkirk.



City Archives, Dean of Guild Records, 05/11/37; C McKean THE SCOTTISH THIRTIES (1987), p194; Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1991), p506-7; C McKean EDINBURGH: AN ILLUSTRATED ARCHITECTURAL GUIDE (1992), p137; Malcolm Cant GORGIE AND DALRY (1995) pp220-222.

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Other than the name or address of a listed building, further details are provided for information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland does not accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a consequence of inaccuracies in the information provided. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the 1997 Act. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect subsequent legislation.

Listed building consent is required for changes to a listed building which affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest. The relevant planning authority is the point of contact for applications for listed building consent.

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